Chairman @ Kirwood Capital Group
Christine Christian is a leading Australian chairman, company director and investor, with more than 30 years’ experience in financial services, private equity, investment, commercial and consumer credit risk, data management and digital media. Her career includes senior executive and advisory roles in Australia, China, India and the United States.
Christine is currently Chairman of Kirwood Capital, a Director of FlexiGroup Limited (Chair of Risk & Compliance Committee), ME Bank Limited (Chair of the Risk and Governance Committee), Lonsec Fiscal Group, the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority (VMIA) and New York-based Powerlinx Inc., an innovator in the emerging partner economy. She serves on the board and is Deputy President of the State Library of Victoria, La Trobe University and the Cranlana Programme. She is immediate past president of Chief Executive Women, where she has been a council member since 2010.
Prior to her board career, Christine was CEO of Dun & Bradstreet Australia and New Zealand from 1997 to 2012, where she grew the company ten-fold. In 2006, she was appointed to the additional roles of member of the D&B World-Wide board and in 2011 as Executive Director of D&B India where she spearheaded a growth agenda.
Throughout her career Christine has been active in industry reform and in helping businesses, public institutions and community organisations adapt to deep structural change. Christine has a deep understanding of all facets of consumer credit and small business lending. Christine initiated and led the Credit Reporting Reform with the Federal Government to introduce positive credit reporting, which led to the biggest changes to Australia’s Privacy Act in more than 20 years. Regionally, Christine advised the People’s Bank of China on establishing a commercial and consumer credit bureau and on small business lending, and was founding chair of the Business Information Industry Association for Hong Kong and the Middle East.
Under Christine’s leadership, business intelligence firm Dun & Bradstreet successfully challenged the existing monopoly that changed consumer credit reporting in Australasia. In 2001 Christine led a high-profile management buyout in Australia that she sold back to the US parent company ten years later at ten times the original sale price. The buyout is used as a case study by global business school IMD.
As well as serving on numerous Dun & Bradstreet boards, her past directorships include Private Media, Scottish Pacific Business Finance, Sherpa Systems, the ASIC Business Advisory Council, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and UNICEF Australia.
Christine is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Strategic Management Society. She has a BA from The University of Melbourne.